Posts Written On January 2014

Running Things with @Reebok ZQuick


Inspired by high performance #ZRated tires, Reebok’s #ZQuick footwear provides superior handling and control, with underfoot grooves for maximum ground contact and stability – all in an upper built for supreme comfort and stability. If you are still looking for a reason to get your butt to the gym… showing off your ZQuick is a damn good excuse!

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Reebok ZQuick running shoes drop 2.1 on Reebok.com, and at key retailers including Finish Line, Dick’s Sporting Goods for a suggested retail price of $85.

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New Liners @OCCMakeup Cosmetic Colour Pencils

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics “Cosmetic Colour Pencils” are now available on occmakeup.com and sephora.com!

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F6FD93BD-360D-44FE-8A49-44B93D3E839CNew OCC Cosmetics Colour Pencils come in an awesome range of Lip Tar matching shades!  I love the white pencil because it really makes the colors pop!  I can’t wait to try Hoochie, Anime and Tarred. These core colors are of my everyday makeup wardrobe and will be so useful. I have yet to test them out so I can’t speak of the wear and softness but I know that if it is like everything else from OCC, I will love it.

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The NAKED HEART by CARR candle

An edgy Valentine’s Day present for your significant other? Consider the Naked Heart Candle. Based on the designs of Zack Carr, this sophisticated collection for men and women blends heritage with modern. CARR debuted in September 2012. The women’s collection is sold at Bloomingdale’s and the men’s collection is at Saks Fifth Avenue. Texas-born brothers Zack and George Carr broke into the New York fashion scene and become known for their work at Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Zack Carr Collection. After Zack’s untimely death, George inherited thousands of design sketches. George and his creative team have interpreted these sketches and used them as the cornerstone in the development of a new, sophisticated lifestyle brand.  CARR beautifully blends archetypal and modern, the tribal and the urbane, family heritage and a fresh look forward.
The NAKED HEART

The NAKED HEART by CARR candle is made in France and draws aroma from star anise, coriander, cut grass and cardamom. Both the scent and packaging capture the luxurious clean lines of CARR with a touch of the romantic. Enjoy a bit of the CARR style into your home with this beautiful candle. It boasts of a sensual and sophisticated scent. Like all quality candles, you only need to burn it for 15 mins and it will fragrance your house for the entire day.

NAKED HEART by CARR is available for $55.00 for a 7.05oz size, and a burning time of approximately 50 hours.

It is available on http://www.opensky.com/craftingbeauty

Find out more on https://www.facebook.com/carrnyc

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@BalancedGuru launches a skincare line with profits going to saving the Amazon

Balanced Guru has just launched a really cool giving back program with customized limited edition product collections designed for non-profit organizations to sell and fund their causes. Through the Balanced Guru SEVA AMAZON line, 100% of the profits made will go towards saving the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, part of our Amazon rainforest. Pretty special, right?

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These products are wonderful, too. Let’s take a look at them!

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SEVA AMAZON: Rainforest Body Scrub ($40): this delicious scrub contains goodies like raw sugar cane, dead sea salt, coffee beans, shea butter, agave ferment + avocado oil. Using this leaves your skin glowing and radiant, and moisturized throughout the day.

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SEVA AMAZON: Rainforest Body Balm ($45): Treat your body to this balm and it’ll leave your skin moisturized and invigorated–not greasy or tacky at all. Work it into elbows, knees and even on your feet for a very nice treat!

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SEVA AMAZON: Rainforest Body Oil ($30): This body oil is wonderfully scented and enriched with baobab, jojoba and avocado. Sesame and argan will balance your skin so that it never feels oily, too. I’m loving the lavendar, orange and geranium essential oils in here that creates a very nurturing scent–delicious.

Check these goodies out at Balancedguru.com to look and feel your best while helping to save the Rainforest!

 

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Recipes to Try via @Pinterest – Banana Foster Cake

Bananas Foster Cake

Recipe from “My Sweet Vegan,” by Hannah Kaminsky

“Modeled after the traditional flavors of bananas foster, the layers are soaked in rum before assembly and topped with a caramel frosting that pulls the whole dessert together. In the typical showy fashion of traditional bananas foster, the banana slices used for garnish could be made with the addition of some rum, and then set ablaze to let the alcohol cook off. Knowing my personal ineptitude with fire, I think it is safer to recommend a simple sauté. The end results are still extraordinary, even without the stovetop bonfire.”

Banana Cake

  • 2-1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Plain Soymilk [use rice, almond, or hemp milk for a soy-free option]
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Dairy-Free Margarine [use Earth Balance Soy-Free for a soy-free option]
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 5 Ripe, Medium-Sized Bananas
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 6 Tablespoons Rum (Any Variety)

Caramel Frosting

  • 1 Cup Dairy-Free Margarine [use Earth Balance Soy-Free for a soy-free option]
  • 3-1/2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla ExtractSautéed Bananas
  • 1 Firm, Large Banana, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Water

Preheat your oven to 350ºF (175ºC) and lightly grease and flour two 8 inch round cake pans. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and set aside. In a separate small bowl, combine the soymilk and vinegar, also moving this to the side. In your stand mixer, cream together the margarine and both sugars until light and fluffy. Mash the bananas well and mix them in, along with the vanilla. Add the flour mixture, alternately with your now curdled soymilk, into your mixer. Ensure that everything is fully combined before equally dividing the batter between your two prepared pans.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of each layer comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and while they are still warm, poke the cake tops numerous times with your testing toothpick. Evenly pour 3 tablespoons of the rum over each of the layers. Let the cake layers cool completely before turning them out of the pans to frost.

For the frosting, cream the margarine well and incorporate the confectioner’s sugar slowly. Microwave the brown sugar together with the water for approximately 30 to 60 seconds, just until the sugar dissolves and it begins to bubble a bit. Let the brown sugar stand for a few minutes to cool off, then pour it into the margarine mixture. With the mixer on high, beat the frosting vigorously until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated. Stir in the vanilla, and frost the cake as desired.

For the banana garnish, combine the brown sugar and water in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook until the sugar dissolves. Add the banana, and stir to coat all of the pieces well. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the sugar bubbles and darkens into a golden caramel, stirring gently every so often. Remove the bananas from the skillet and transfer them to a silpat. Separate each slice so that they do not stick together. Let them cool completely before garnishing the cake.

Makes 10 to 12 Servings

 

For more of Hannah Kaminsky’s recipes, see her popular cookbook, My Sweet Vegan and her Sweet Vegan ebook collection (includes Blondies + Brownies, A La Mode, and much more)

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@NexxusHair Pro-Mend Split End Treatment Daily Conditioner

As a beauty blogger, it is so difficult to pick favorites! When I finally tried Nexxus® Pro-Mend Split End Treatment Daily Conditioner, it has become a real staple in my bathroom. This conditioner is creamy, dreamy and moisturizing. It smells like cotton candy and my ends are smooth and friendly.   I only learned recently how to put conditioner on perfectly… First you put it from the bottom up and then you should massage it into your hair, twisting and rubbing it into your hair.  I am taking care of my hair properly and I am growing it long.  Pick up this Nexxus conditioner when you see it at the drug store!

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What do you use to take care of your hair?

 

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